Embracing the Crazy Jiu-Jitsu Professor Lifestyle

Embracing the Crazy Jiu-Jitsu Professor Lifestyle

When people devote their lives to a particular field of study, they often seem a bit different. I have found this to be true for professional athletes and career professors alike: Their immersion in a singular subject, day after day, almost mandates that they are a bit eccentric and have a unique view of reality—whether or not that’s from the study or part of the original recipe that makes elit...
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A note to our fans (about big changes)

A note to our fans (about big changes)
We just rebooted our inventory and made a bunch of behind the scenes changes to make things better for Panda Nation.
Nelson Puentes
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Big Panda Swinging

I started my BJJ career at 190 pounds, and I put weight on over the years, moving from middle heavy, to heavy, to super heavy, and now back down to middle heavy. I have always been on the big side of the room when it ...
Nelson Puentes
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My Cup Runneth Over

Do you wear a cup? Marshal used to until one tragic day…
Marshal Carper
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Challenging the Traditional Logic on Teaching

When I was first learning how to teach, certain “best practices” were common knowledge. These were the “right” ways to be a good teacher, run a good class, and design a good curriculum. You see these in the teaching g...
Matt Kirtley
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Evicting Ring Girls (and Other Cage-Side Thoughts)

Sometimes you have to kick a ring girl out of her seat, and other insights from working the corner in MMA fights.
Marshal Carper
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The Four BJJ Archetypes - Which Are You?

Over my years in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, I’ve come up with a theory of four archetypes for like-minded jiu-jiteiros that I call The Competitor, The Scholar, The Hobbyist, and The Traditionalist. Let me describe these arc...
Matt Kirtley
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Meet the Pandas – Magic On The Mat – Raphaël Levy

Meet the Pandas sheds light on the faces of Panda Nation. Last episode we introduced brown belt medal chaser Pat Hemenway of Pellegrino MMA. Now, we focus on Raphaël Levy of association Aranha: A professional Magic: T...
Daniel Bertina
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Why Lower Belts Make Great Instructors

Did you just show up to class to discover a blue or purple belt covering? Never fear. Here’s why taking classes with blues and purples is good for you and for the team.
Marshal Carper
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How to Return to BJJ After a Long Break

Sometimes life gets in the way of BJJ. Accidents and injuries will knock you out of training. When you are sidelined with an injury, illness, or even a blessing like a new baby or a job promotion, it’s easy to go stir...
Matt Kirtley
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Me vs. White Belt Me

In his latest article, Marshal reflects on how his perspective on jiu-jitsu has changed in the 10+ years since he first stepped on to the mat.
Marshal Carper
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A Jiu-Jiteiro’s Guide to Surviving the Workday

Most of us spend our days sitting in front of screens, whether that’s at work desks or our couches, and this takes a toll on our bodies we often fail to take seriously. Sitting all day may seem “low stress” since it i...
Matt Kirtley
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